Nikolas K. Gvosdev

Carnegie Council Senior Fellow, U.S. Global Engagement Initiative (USGE); U.S. Naval War College

Nikolas K. Gvosdev is a senior fellow for the U.S. Global Engagement Initiative (USGE) at Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

He is also a professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, the director of the Policy Analysis sub-course in the National Security Affairs Department, and the Captain Jerome E. Levy Chair in economic geography and national security.

Gvosdev was the editor of The National Interest and remains a senior editor at the magazine. In addition, he holds a non-residential senior fellowship at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is a co-author of U.S. Foreign Policy and Defense Strategy: The Evolution of an Incidental Superpower (2015). He previously published Russian Foreign Policy: Interests, Vectors and Sectors (with Christopher Marsh) in 2013.

Gvosdev is a frequent commentator on U.S. foreign policy and international relations, Russian and Eurasian affairs, and developments in the Middle East.

Featured Work

Brandenburg Gate in Berlin in lit up in Ukraine's colors, February 2022.

JAN 26, 2023 Article

Is the West at "war" with Russia?

What does it mean precisely when German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock says that the Euro-Atlantic community finds itself at "war” with Russia in Ukraine? Senior ...

JAN 19, 2023 Podcast

Ideology in U.S. Foreign Relations, with Christopher McKnight Nichols

From racialized notions of subjecthood and civilization in the 18th century to the neoconservatism, neoliberalism, and unilateralism of the 21st century, ideology drives American foreign ...

JAN 11, 2023 Podcast

Will 2023 Be the Year of Global Power Shifts? with Judah Grunstein

Judah Grunstein, editor-in-chief of "World Politics Review," joins "Doorstep" co-hosts Nick Gvosdev and Tatiana Serafin for his annual review of global power shifts. The past 12 ...

DEC 14, 2022 Podcast

Blind Spot: The Global Rise of Unhappiness and How Leaders Missed It, with Jon Clifton

Although pundits and politicians pay close attention to measures like GDP or unemployment, almost no one tracks citizens' wellbeing. Gallup CEO Jon Clifton discusses this "...

NOV 16, 2022 Podcast

Personality and Power: Builders and Destroyers of Modern Europe, with Ian Kershaw

Throughout the 20th century, European leaders from Stalin to Mussolini, from Gorbachev to Thatcher, and more, have shifted global narratives by sheer force of will. ...

NOV 9, 2022 Podcast

What's Next Post-Midterms for the Biden/Harris Administration? with Rational Security

In a crossover collaboration with the national security and foreign policy podcast "Rational Security," co-hosts Scott R. Anderson and Alan Z. Rozenshtein, both "Lawfare" senior ...

NOV 2, 2022 Podcast

The Young Leaders Transforming the 2022 Midterms, with Layla Zaidane

With less than a week to Election Day, Layla Zaidane, president and CEO of the Millennial Action Project, joins "Doorstep" co-hosts, Nick Gvosdev and Tatiana ...

OCT 26, 2022 Podcast

What You Need to Know About Global Supply Chains, with the AP's Joshua Goodman

The Associated Press' Joshua Goodman joins "Doorstep" co-hosts Nick Gvosdev and Tatiana Serafin to discuss his latest reporting on the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee ...

President Biden at the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate in April 2021, with Secretary Kerry and Secretary Blinken. CREDIT: The White House/Public Domain.

OCT 21, 2022 Article

Biden's National Security Strategy & the Ethics of Statecraft

The Biden-Harris administration recently released its long-awaited National Security Strategy. In this article, Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev discusses some of the ethical tensions and tradeoffs ...

OCT 5, 2022 Podcast

Is Elon Musk the Future of U.S. Foreign Policy? with Puck's Teddy Schleifer

With one tweet about the outlines of a peace deal between Ukraine and Russia, Elon Musk elicited a derisive response from Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, ...